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EPSILON IN MALAYSIAN PALE

Edgar Froese

 

Progressive Electronic

4.18 | 145 ratings

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Modrigue
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4 stars Edgar Froese's best album from the mid-70's era

Whereas Froese's first solo effort, "Aqua", possessed an unique and aquatic ambiance, different from what TANGERINE DREAM was doing, "Epsilon In Malaysian Pale" displays an atmosphere comparable to a soothing "Rubycon". Neither demos nor preparatory works, the album features entirely original compositions. Furthermore, its structure is quite similar to TD's 1975 opus: two 17 minutes suites driven by the mellotron with sequenced middle parts.

However, the music is a little more ambient and contemplative than on the band's records from this era. The reason is that Edgar Froese composed it after his trips to south-eastern Asia and Australia during TANGERINE DREAM's 1975 Australian tour.

The title track reminds a little the nature atmosphere on TD's "Atem", due to the use of electronic flute. It starts with jungle sound effects to then unveil soothing and relaxing vast soundscapes. The second part is more intriguing as it features an electronic sequence over long spacey textures. Then the calm comes back with the final part displaying an atmosphere similar to the debut.

"Maroubra Bay" takes its name from a place in Sydney. Its dramatic opening quickly mutates into a peaceful melody. The nice middle part is built around a very long hypnotic sequence, one of the bests created by Froese. Mesmerizing! The finale is smooth and dreamy. My favorite composition of the album.

Although less innovative and experimental than "Aqua", this second solo effort is nonetheless more accessible, really good and possess its own personality. The mystical and relaxing jungle ambiance promised by the cover art is well retranscribed here.

This disc should be heard by every mid-70's TANGERINE DREAM fan. A must have for old school electronic or ambient music lovers!

Modrigue | 4/5 |

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